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Sequoia & Kings Canyon

In Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, kids can see the largest living trees on earth, the giant sequoias.

Tip: The parks cover a large area, so allow time to get from one part to another. For example, Lodgepole Village to Grant Grove is an hour drive, Grant Grove to Cedar Grove is another hour, without any stops.


Sequoia Nat'l Park
Kings Canyon Nat'l Park

Go camping - Camping in the parks is ideal as the campgrounds are close to the sights to see and things to do. Inside the park are markets, snack bars, and laundromats. Lodgepole and Grant Grove campgrounds have evening campfire programs; check at the visitor centers for the schedule. Click here for info about the campgrounds.

Tips for enjoying Sequoia & Kings Canyon
Drinking water - Even on a short hike, bring water bottles with you. In the dry, warm air, it's easy to get dehydrated, so drink plenty of water. The streams in look pristine, but don't drink the water.
Sunscreen and hats - Days are usually sunny and can get hot in summer, so it's easy to get a sunburn. Slather on the sunscreen on the kids and wear hats or baseball caps.
Insect repellent - If you're camping, in early summer bring mosquito repellent; in late summer gnats may be out.
Don't feed the animals - The animals in the national parks are protected, and squirrels and marmots will come up to sample your lunch. Don't feed people food to any animals - it's bad for them.
Bears - There are black bears in the area, so don't leave any food in your car overnight, and even while picnicking, keep an eye on your lunch. Rangers also recommend taking car seats out of the car at night (think of the food smells that might attract bears).
Water safety - The rivers in Sequoia and Kings Canyon are gorgeous, but rocks can be slippery and it's easy to fall in. When the water is high early in the summer, don't let kids play unsupervised near the rivers, and only wade or play in the creeks when the water is low.

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